|Nimrod MR2 Aircraft|
The Nimrod is used in three main roles: ASW, Anti Surface Unit Warfare (ASUW) and Search and Rescue (SAR). It has an unrefuelled endurance of around 10 hours, which can be extended by the use of air refuelling. The operating crew comprises two pilots and a flight engineer, two weapons systems officers (WSO) (tactical and routine), and a WSO who is the sensor and communications coordinator. He is supported by a team of three ‘wet’ weapons systems operators (WSOps) and four ‘dry’ WSOps. The ‘wet’ team supervise the aircraft’s acoustic processors, which monitor active and passive sonobuoys, whilst the ‘dry’ team manage a wide range of avionics and weapon systems which are essential to delivering Nimrod’s full capability.
The Nimrod’s offensive weapons include Sting Ray torpedos for use in the ASW role and Harpoon missiles for the ASUW role. For SAR purposes the aircraft has a selection of air deliverable, multi-seat dinghies and survival packs. For self-defence, the aircraft can be armed with four AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missiles carried under the wings. The aircraft can carry in excess of 200 sonobuoys internally, of several different types, both active and passive, which are delivered via two unpressurised 6-buoy rotary launchers and two pressurised single-shot launchers.
|Nimrod MR2 Aircraft Anti Submarine|
Nimrod aircraft are operated by Nos 120, 201 and 206 Squadrons, which are all based at RAF Kinloss, in Morayshire; RAF Kinloss is also the home of the Nimrod Operational Conversion Unit, No 42(R) Squadron. The Nimrod MR2 will continue in service until it is replaced by the MRA4, which is expected to enter service from 2007. Nimrod MR2 Aircraft is Only jet-powered maritime patrol aircraft in military service. Roles are anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare and search and rescue. Endurance of 10 hours, which can be extended by air refuelling. Crew of 13, which include ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ sensor coordination teams. Can carry Sting Ray torpedos, Harpoon antiship missiles, bombs and depth charges.
|RAF Nimrod MR2 Aircraft|